Organizational culture

Pair your agile transformation with a change management framework

Recently, they published the 14th State of Agile Report. The sheer amount of information this report shares with the reader is astounding. For the sake of processing it, I filtered some key insights.  One of these insights struck me the most: the main reason for agile transformation failure is the general organization’s resistance to change. […]

5 essential skills of a Product Owner

A Product Owner (PO) is a constitutive part of the Scrum Team. The Product Owner represents the Stakeholders and is accountable for maximizing the value of products created by the developers. In agile, maximizing the value means creating a valuable product for the Stakeholders and customers that ensure the return of the investment. In this […]

Agile Contract: know the deal before you set it

You have probably been in the position where you had a project and the money to fulfill it, but not the manpower or knowledge to do it. You would’ve had to engage a supplier to get the work done. If we look at the Agile Principle ‘collaboration over contract negotiation’, we notice that while a […]

Meeting Mapping

A meeting mapping is a visual exercise that helps participants align on their shared ceremonies and identify waste.  Throughout all my years involved in the Agile community, the techniques to which I gravitate have an element of visualisation. Visualising is magic. It is a human taking a slice of that intricate web of connections of […]

How the wrong question can nip self-organization in the bud

Think about yourself as the Scrum Master of a development team. Think about the last time you coached somebody on your team. They came to you with a problem or an impediment. You did the right thing and you took the coaching stance, you didn’t advise them, but only asked questions as to coach them […]

The Teal Conspiracy (or Utopia might just as well be around the corner)

Buurtzorg (or the potential seed?) Frederic Laloux might have done a thing or two in order to accelerate management (r)evolution with his book Reinventing Organizations. In my humble opinion his main (and timelessly awesome) contribution has been to cast a smart and focused light on some organizations many of us hadn’t (incredibly!) heard of before […]

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